UNICEF official decries frequent kidnapping of school children in Nigeria

Kidnapped students

An official with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday decried the frequent kidnapping and abduction of school children in Nigeria, the most populous African country.

Speaking in Daura of Katsina state, Maulid Warfa, the fund’s chief of field office in the northwest state of Kano, said the spate of kidnapping, abduction and other bad treatment of school children were becoming worrisome to UNICEF and the international community in general.

The UNICEF official appealed to the government, local traditional leaders and relevant stakeholders to join hands to stop the menace which had thrown many children out of school.

“We are therefore appealing to the government to put more efforts to stop this,” Warfa said.

Gunmen abducted an unknown number of students and three teachers from a secondary school in the northwest Nigerian state of Kebbi on Thursday, Nigerian police said.

This is the latest in a series of raids on schools and universities in northern Nigeria in recent months, leading to the kidnapping of hundreds of students since December 2020 while many of them regained freedom following efforts by security forces and local communities. Enditem

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